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Ukraine's Use of U.S.-Supplied Missiles Challenges Western Restraint

Ukraine Steps Up Attacks With U.S. Long-Range Missiles

By THEOPHILUS NAGBERIPublished 27 days ago 3 min read
Ukraine Steps Up Attacks With U.S. Long-Range Missiles

Ukraine's Use of U.S.-Supplied Missiles Challenges Western Restraint

Amidst the ongoing conflict between Ukraine and Russia, the Ukrainian army's strategic deployment of U.S.-supplied long-range missiles has sparked debate over the boundaries of Western support. Despite being equipped with powerful Army Tactical Missile Systems (ATACMS), Ukraine finds itself restricted from extending its attacks into Russian territory, a limitation that has significant implications for its defense capabilities.

Recent reports reveal a series of targeted strikes by Ukrainian forces, aimed at Russian airfields and warships situated deep within Ukrainian territory occupied by Russian forces. These precision assaults, utilizing ATACMS, have been instrumental in disrupting Moscow's military operations, offering a glimmer of hope for Ukrainian troops grappling with relentless enemy advancements on the ground.

However, the United States and its Western allies have refrained from endorsing strikes into Russia itself, fearing an escalation of the conflict. This cautious approach, while intended to prevent further destabilization, has drawn criticism from Ukrainian officials who argue that it grants Russia undue advantage, enabling them to launch attacks from within their borders with impunity.

President Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine, in a recent interview with The New York Times, lamented the constraints imposed by Western allies, citing it as a significant hurdle in Ukraine's ability to defend itself effectively. The refusal to permit strikes into Russia, he argues, emboldens Moscow's aggression while inhibiting Ukraine's capacity to retaliate.

The mounting pressure on the Biden administration to reconsider this policy underscores the urgency of the situation. NATO's secretary general, Jens Stoltenberg, joined the chorus of voices advocating for Ukraine's access to these weapons, emphasizing the necessity of defending against legitimate military targets on Russian territory.

The gravity of the situation was further underscored by a recent attack in Kharkiv, where Russian glide bombs struck a shopping center, resulting in casualties and widespread devastation. Ukrainian officials contend that such attacks would be preventable with adequate air defense systems and modern combat aircraft, which Ukraine currently lacks.

The recent shift in U.S. policy, approving the supply of advanced weaponry to Ukraine, marks a significant departure from previous hesitancy. President Biden's authorization of ATACMS shipments, coupled with a substantial military aid package, reflects a heightened commitment to supporting Ukraine's defense efforts.

These missiles have proven instrumental in targeting critical infrastructure and military installations deep within Russian-occupied Ukrainian territory, particularly in Crimea. Despite inflicting damage on Russian assets, Ukraine's inability to strike targets within Russia itself has left a glaring vulnerability, exploited by Moscow to gain territorial advantage.

The recent offensive in the Kharkiv region serves as a stark reminder of this asymmetry. While Ukrainian forces managed to stall the Russian advance, the inability to target amassed troops and equipment near the border highlights the limitations imposed by Western restraint.

As the conflict continues to evolve, the strategic use of U.S.-supplied missiles by Ukraine underscores the complex dynamics at play. Balancing the imperative of defending against aggression with the risk of escalation remains a delicate challenge for both Ukrainian forces and their Western allies.

In the face of mounting casualties and territorial losses, the debate over the permissible boundaries of military action intensifies, underscoring the urgent need for a coherent and effective strategy to confront Russian aggression while safeguarding regional stability.

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  • Dharrsheena Raja Segarran26 days ago

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